Orient Lines Opens Bookings

Orient Lines will begin accepting reservations for its 2009 European itineraries beginning September 8. The line says its been inundated with calls ever since it was announced that the line was back up and running with a 2009 European schedule and new vessel, Marco Polo II.

“It is very gratifying that there is so much excitement for our 2009 Europe itineraries,” said Wayne Heller, the line's president and CEO. "Our loyal past guests, former employees and travel agents and tour operators from around the world have contacted us anxious to learn more aboard our new Marco Polo II."

Europe itineraries are from 11 to 37 days and priced from $2,399 per person based on double occupancy. New for 2009: Free air fare from 20 North American gateway cities, two-for-one fares and a free shore excursion in selected ports.

Itinerary highlights for 2009 include Baltic cruises and calls at lesser-known destinations such as Villagarcia and Bilbao, Spain; Bordeaux and Hornfleur, France; Murmansk, Russia; Sarande, Albania; and Barrow-in-Furness, England.

Travel agents can call 800-333-7300 from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Monday through Friday, and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday for questions and reservations.

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